'The Vampire Diaries' season 8 spoilers: EP Julie Plec talks about Bonnie's departure

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Season 8 of “The Vampire Diaries” may still be a couple of months away but fans should already ready their tissues as it will feature the emotional exit of Kat Graham’s Bonnie.

Bonnie’s departure follows the decision of the actress to exit the supernatural drama come its next iteration to be able to pursue other opportunities. Executive producer Julie Plec has recently commented on the matter promising fans that they will make sure that Bonnie will serve her purpose once it’s time for the actress to say goodbye.

“It’s my challenge and the writers challenge to do right by that. We have a year to do it so I’m excited to come up with all the different ways that her character can say goodbye,” she told Nerdist.

Earlier this year, Graham sat down with Us Weekly and got candid about her stint in “The Vampire Diaries” saying that the most difficult part of her decision is to leave the crew behind. The 26-year-old actress has been playing the powerful witch in the series since it debuted in 2009.

While it will be a painful separation, it appears that the parts of the storyline have already formulated inside Graham’s mind, as Plec shared that the Swiss-born American actress has a couple of ideas on how everything will play out.

“I’ll be honest, Kat is thinking further ahead into the future than I even was. I was still wrapping my head around what the hell is in store for season eight and she’s jumping ahead to season nine,” the writer added.

Another original cast member rumored to be exiting the show is Ian Somerhalder. Being half of the infamous Salvatore brothers, Damon, the actor gained mainstream popularity via the series. He brought up the news himself by tweeting about it back in April.

Plec has yet to comment on Somerhalder’s case but she has previously stated that she will do the show until Somerhalder and Paul Wesley who plays Stefan Salvatore want to do it.

“I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied to Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And I mean that in a good way. As long as those boys want to keep telling the story, then I won’t walk away from telling the story,” Plec shared to E! News.

“The Vampire Diaries” season 8 is expected to premiere on The CW this fall.